Skills and intangibles – a recipe for Cougar success
Jan 29 2007
The Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middle River, Lady Cougars are poised and prepped to defend their Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference title this season, maintaining a strong hold on first place of the Conference’s Y Division. The Cougars are posting a 12-3 league record with their lone conference loss Dec. 20 to Beth Tfiloh, and are 16-3, overall.

Cardinal: ‘Reasons for rejoicing’ exist
Jan 22 2007
WASHINGTON – Despite the fact abortion has been legal throughout the United States for 34 years, there are “reasons for rejoicing,” primarily because of lower abortion rates and increased public opposition to abortion, said Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia. Cardinal Rigali, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, was principal celebrant and homilist at a Jan. 21 Mass on the eve of the annual March for Life. It was held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

Gaels get it done in 2007
Jan 22 2007
Top-ranked Mount St. Joseph High School, Baltimore, cruised to another Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Indoor Track and Field championship title Jan. 19 at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, Landover. This was the Gaels’ ninth title in 11 seasons, their first since 2005. After handily defeating their league competition by an average of 40 points every meet, the Gaels were focused on regaining the MIAA championship title, taken from them in 2005 by Archbishop Curley and in 2006 by McDonogh School. The Gaels, with 149 points, left nothing in question in 2007, outscoring second-place Gilman by 82 points and third-place Loyola Blakefield by 98 points.

Brooks, Shea pace championship Gators
Jan 22 2007
Throughout the evening, Seton Keough’s head indoor track and field coach Jim Lancaster stood 20 feet from the finish line and cheered for his team, event after event. He jumped, screamed and waved his arms as runners approached the finish line. He believed in his team the Seton Keough Gators.

Active mind may decrease chances of Alzheimer’s
Jan 19 2007
Dr. Barbara Ensor is hooked on Sudoku, the challenging 9-by-9 grid Japanese brainteaser seemingly everywhere lately in print and online. The challenge of Sudoku is that a number between one and nine can appear only once on each row, in each column and on each 3-by-3 area. The doctor realizes the puzzle is a way to exercise her brain. “That is one simple little thing that takes 5-10 minutes out of your day,” said Dr. Ensor, part of Stella Maris’ medical staff and in private practice. Although the line of reasoning required to solve the puzzle may be complex, there is nothing difficult about understanding that the brain benefits from exercise.

Musicians, singers follow tune of faith
Jan 17 2007
After each monthly Mass at St. John’s Catholic Prep, Frederick, students comment, “This is the best Mass we’ve ever had!” Angie Galleno, director of campus ministry, said the students’ enthusiasm stems from a new facet of school liturgies – the Praise & Worship Band – composed of 15 singers and musicians from within the student body. New for the 2006-07 school year, the band was conceived as a way to make school liturgies more engaging for students.

Alumni programs keep graduates connected
Jan 17 2007
Some graduates go back just for the sandwiches. The buffalo chicken wrap is popular, as is The Kevin Special: hot roast beef, melted provolone, barbecue sauce, mayonnaise, onions, lettuce and French fries (yes, French fries) wrapped in a flour tortilla. Both are favorites of students and alumni in the dining hall at Loyola Blakefield, Towson.

Humility and Excellence; a winning combination
Jan 17 2007
There were two things that Kirk Salvo took away from his high school wrestling days at Mount St. Joseph, Baltimore, humility and excellence. Now into his second season as the Gaels head coach, Salvo, ’84, challenges his wrestlers to focus on the same.

SGA officers more than figureheads
Jan 11 2007
When Jessica Butler of Hamilton was elected freshman class president at Towson Catholic High School last November, she didn’t realize how much work was involved. As the 14-year-old freshman thought about her demanding high school studies and sports events, on top of the planning sessions, constituent service time and Student Government Association meetings, she said the workload can seem overwhelming. “Most people don’t appreciate how much time and energy goes into being in student government,” Jessica said. “I know I didn’t beforehand.”

Grap breaks school record
Jan 05 2007
On Dec. 8, two minutes into the second half of a 52-35 non-conference basketball victory over Havre de Grace High School, senior Briana Grap hit a three-point field goal giving her 1,143 career points and the career scoring record for women at Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School, Middle River. Grap has twice been named to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland’s All- Conference team, and led the Cougars to the 2005-06 IAAM C Conference championship.